News Roundup for 10/19/11

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Rick Perry

-Headline of the Day-
"POLL: The Third Most Common Word Used To Describe Rick Perry Is IDIOT."

Noted Josh Brolin impersonator and Texican President Rick Perry got some bad news in a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll -- people don't think much of him. The poll asked respondents to tell them "the one word that comes to mind" when a top GOP candidate's name was mentioned. For Rick, the top choices were "Texas," "No," and "idiot/idiotic." So things aren't going so well there.

Mitt Romney did a little better with "Mormon," "healthcare/Romneycare," and "flip-flop/flip-flopper." In my opinion, "flip-flopper" may be bad, but "idiot" is worse. It's an unscientific analysis, I'll admit.

Finally, Herman Cain did pretty well. He's "9-9-9," "businessman," and "interesting." Of course, there's no way of knowing whether they associate "9-9-9" with "crazyassed," as I do. Still, if you take the first two as neutral, "interesting" sounds kind of positive.

Of course, this poll was taken on the 13th, before last night's debate where everyone piled on Mittens and the Hermanator looked like an idiot -- so things might've changed by now. You never know.

But one thing's for sure; Rick Perry's probably out for good as the "I'm not Romney, who we all hate!" candidate. Right now, that's Herman. So we should totally get excited about the Cain ticket, until Herman finally explodes and Mittens becomes the nominee -- just like we all know will happen.

That's what you like about this whole GOP nominating process this cycle; the nail-biting suspense. (Business Insider)

-And while we're on that subject-

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"Interesting," indeed. (McClatchy)

-Bonus HotD-
"GOP debate crowd cheers idea that jobless are to blame for their plight."

Or "Return of the Psychopathic Republican Debate Audience." (Plum Line)

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